If you’re an adventurous beach baby (like us!) and can’t get enough sun, sand, and sea in your life, these affordable travel destinations are for you! With the Euro having gone down, it’s the perfect time to have a European summer getaway.
Ahh, Greece.. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is dotted with superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to dust off your hiking boots and explore. Perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.
If there’s one category Portugal really deserves gold for, it’s the beaches. Hidden coves, crescent-shaped bays and rocky inlets make up the Algarve’s coastline. A secret awaiting discovery, the Algarve has Roman ruins, Moorish castles and traditional villages as well as mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and over 30 golf courses.
Ibiza is known as a city for the all-night raver, the hippies, and an all-round party destination, but there’s more to this sun-kissed, beach-bejewelled, pine-clad island than meets the eye. Step off the beaten track for a spell in a rural hotel, a hilltop hamlet or on a secluded north-coast cove to discover Ibiza’s surprisingly peaceful side.
Sicily is a rich tapestry of art and history,in which Greek temples, Norman churches and Baroque palazzos emerge from the rich fabric. But it also has natural wonders aplenty. A day in this paradise of deep blue skies and lush vegetation could include skiing down a snow-muffled volcano, walking through orange groves, and swimming within sight of majestic ruins. Levanzo Island is a must see.
The Maltese Islands are like nowhere else. Here you’ll find great prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, glittering hidden coves, thrilling diving opportunities and a history of remarkable intensity.